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This week the ‘Thinking in English’ Community is talking about The top ten words of the Year 2023!

The Collins English Dictionary published its list of the top words of the year, and this year the list is very interesting, with AI being the number one winner.

It is very interesting to study what words have been the most influential in media, online and in people’s minds. The words of the year certainly paint a picture!

Here are 10 conversation questions to get you talking about The top ten words of the year 2023!

Conversation Questions: The word of the year 2023!

1. AI

Do you think AI is a good thing for society?

2. Deinfluencing

Have you stopped buying anything because of what other people told you?

3. Nepo Baby

Can you name a Nepo baby? Is it always unfair when people benefit from their parents?

4. Ultra-Processed

Do you eat ultra-processed food? Why or why not?

5. Canon Event

Can you think of a moment in your life that changed you as a person?

6. Debanking

What would you do if your bank account was closed today?

7. Greedflation

Have you noticed inflation in your country? Do you think greedy companies are causing prices to rise?

8. Semaglutide

Would you take a drug in order to lose weight? Why or why not?


Should old cars which cause lots of pollution be banned from major cities?

10. ____________

What is your “Word of the Year 2023”?

Vocabulary List:

  • AI
    • AI is an abbreviation for artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is a type of computer technology which is concerned with making machines work in an intelligent way, similar to the way that the human mind works
  • Deinfluencing
    • the use of social media to warn followers to avoid certain commercial products, lifestyle choices, etc
  • Nepo baby
    • a person, esp in the entertainment industry, whose career is believed to have been advanced by having a famous parent
  • Ultra-processed
    • (of food) prepared using complex industrial methods from multiple ingredients, often including ingredients with little or no nutritional value
  • Canon event
    • an event that is essential to the formation of an individual’s character or identity
  • Debanking
    • the act of depriving a person of banking facilities
  • Greedflation
    • the use of inflation as an excuse to raise prices to artificially high levels in order to increase corporate profits
  • Semaglutide
    • a medication used to suppress the appetite and control high blood sugar
  • Ulez
    • A ULEZ is an area, especially one in a big city, where most vehicles have to pay to enter and vehicles that produce a lot of pollution have to pay more. ULEZ is an abbreviation for ‘ultra-low emission zone’
So many products in the supermarket are ultra-processed that it can be hard to avoid them.
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The ulez scheme was introduced to limit London traffic.
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By Thomas Brock

Hi I'm Thomas and I'm an English language teacher and editor. I teach English to adults from all over the world. I focus on written English and on conversational English. I also edit written English in a number of different fields and areas. When I'm not teaching I'm travelling as much as I can, cooking new dishes, and trying hard to play and watch sports.

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